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What the TdF was missing (warning: Vuelta spoiler)(10 posts)

What the TdF was missing (warning: Vuelta spoiler)DeRanger
Sep 10, 2002 8:24 AM

It's too bad Acqua & Sapone did not get a bid to the TdF - I would love to see Cipo, Zabel, McEwen, and O'Grady battling all at once.

60 km/h in the final sprint today?!? That's really something.

DeR (...and what happened to Freire at the end?...)
re: What the TdF was missing (warning: Vuelta spoiler)ClydeTri
Sep 10, 2002 9:21 AM
Of course Mario wouldnt have been around for the sprints after the mountain stages..he would have done his usual bailing out ....something you do NOT see the others doing.
They should holdback prizes and standings...Spunout
Sep 10, 2002 9:27 AM
until after the rider finishes the entire Vuelta. Like the Breckenridge CO race.

Kinda dumb, IMO, that someone rides a three week race for the first six stages, beating everyone who is serious enought to go for the whole thing.
typo corrected.ClydeTri
Sep 10, 2002 9:52 AM
mean to say he would NOT have been around for the sprints...
He probably won't finish the Vuelta either...Wayne
Sep 10, 2002 10:07 AM
and who cares? He's there to win stages and get the sponser's name on TV. I guess it would be better for him to finish the Vuelta than be fresh for the World champs that he stands a good shot at winning?
People seem to think he doesn't finish because he can't which is bull. He's finished plenty of Grand Tours when it's in his interest to do so. The guy proves time and time again that he's the greatest modern day sprinter and people bash him. Sure he might not be a hardman but you can't deny the class of his MSR and G-W wins this year either.
"The guy proves time and time again..."DeRanger
Sep 10, 2002 11:07 AM
"...that he's the greatest modern day sprinter..."

Exactly why I'd like to see him against both Zabel and McEwen.

Plus, he's "Super Mario!" The guy's the Alberto Tomba of pro cycling! Setting aside his accomplishments for a moment, I'd much rather read about Cipo's antics on and off the bike than listen to Angel Casero (I think it was him) whine about the short ITTs in this year's Vuelta favoring the climbers.

Cipo against Eric against Robbie - now that's a flat stage worth watching!

Yeah, the vuelta is pretty much...Wayne
Sep 10, 2002 11:29 AM
only missing McEwen for the sprinters. I think the GC battle has alot more depth than either of the other tours this year as well.
Except Tom Steels and Jaan Kirsipuu.Sintesi
Sep 10, 2002 11:04 AM
Sorry but those guys don't finish either and yet both get to come back again and again.
And argueably the best sprinter this year...Wayne
Sep 10, 2002 11:32 AM
McEwen dropped out of the Giro early. But I guess his career and sponsers would have been better served if he'd finished it rather than staying fresh to win the green jersey at the tour.
re: What the TdF was missing (warning: Vuelta spoiler)novagator
Sep 10, 2002 10:16 AM
Just fyi,

Cipo finished this years Giro, I believe he won the Ciclimina Jersey. But, winning stages, not finishing the tour, is what he is paid to do.